As parents, we work hard to smooth our children’s paths. While occasional problems are inevitable, you and your child should find them easier to handle with this three-step plan.
1. Identify the specific problem.
2. Brainstorm possible solutions, and keep a written list.
3. Try one of your solutions. If it doesn’t work as you’d hoped, go back to your list and pick another approach to try.
For a young child who benefits from visual reinforcement, create a poster with words or pictures to remind her to work through each step. Be sure to hang it in a prominent place.